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Driver fined after putting O instead of 0 on his parking ticket

A motorist has been left furious after being fined £25 for putting an ‘O’ instead of a ‘0’ when entering his car registration.

Scott Wood, 29, had paid £2.50 for a parking ticket via text message during his two-hour stay in Goole town centre, in East Yorkshire.

But upon returning to his car in Wesley Square, he found a £25 fine slapped to his windscreen.

Scott Wood. See Ross Parry story RPYFINE; A motorist has told of his fury at being fined ??25 - for putting a 'O' instead of a '0' when entering his car registration top buy a car park ticket. Scott Wood labelled a council petty after realising his mistake of putting a zero instead of the letter 'O' in a payment text message for a two-hour stay. The ticket machine had broken and when he asked a nearby traffic warden the official told him to pay the ??2.40 for his parking via text. But when the 29-year-old sales rep arrived back at his car in Goole, East Yorks., he found a ??25 fine slapped to his windscreen. Married dad-of-three Scott, of Driffield, East Yorks., said: "It's just so petty, it really is." Adding: "??25 is ??25 and I will pay it - but it's the principle that they think they can get away with it." Scott says he will fight the appeal which will see the price of the fine hiked up to ??50 after parking his car in Wesley Square in the town centre on July 27 this year.

Scott Wood made a mistake while paying for his parking ticket by text
(Picture: SWNS.com)

The father-of-three then learned that he had been issued the fine because he had texted an ‘O’ in the registration where it should have been the number ‘0’.

‘It’s just so ridiculous,’ said Mr Wood, who works as a sales representative.

‘The best part of the situation is that the traffic warden who told me to text the number to order the ticket, saw me get out of my car and walk to the machine.

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‘He then told me to text the number, but when I spoke to him after he had issued the ticket – he told me nothing had come through to his machine telling him I had paid.

‘He then told me to appeal it.’

Mr Wood did appeal the fine, issued on July 27 this year, but was told by East Riding of Yorkshire council that he had breached parking codes by not submitting the correct information.

A letter to Mr Wood from the council read: ‘From the information you have submitted there are no compelling/equitable grounds to exercise my power of discretion to cancel this PCN at this time.

Scott Wood letter with regards to the fine . See Ross Parry story RPYFINE; A motorist has told of his fury at being fined ??25 - for putting a 'O' instead of a '0' when entering his car registration top buy a car park ticket. Scott Wood labelled a council petty after realising his mistake of putting a zero instead of the letter 'O' in a payment text message for a two-hour stay. The ticket machine had broken and when he asked a nearby traffic warden the official told him to pay the ??2.40 for his parking via text. But when the 29-year-old sales rep arrived back at his car in Goole, East Yorks., he found a ??25 fine slapped to his windscreen. Married dad-of-three Scott, of Driffield, East Yorks., said: "It's just so petty, it really is." Adding: "??25 is ??25 and I will pay it - but it's the principle that they think they can get away with it." Scott says he will fight the appeal which will see the price of the fine hiked up to ??50 after parking his car in Wesley Square in the town centre on July 27 this year.

Scott Wood called East Riding of Yorkshire council ‘petty’ (Picture: SWNS.com)

‘The reason for this is, from reviewing your evidence, the VRM you had entered on MiPermit was M*0 (with a zero) and not M*O.’

Mr Wood remains unhappy with the council’s verdict, and will be appealing the fine again.

But if the married father doesn’t pay the £25 within 28 days it will double to £50 instead.

‘It is just well and truly unbelievable – I can’t believe that they would be so petty,’ Mr Wood said.

‘They obviously know it is a mistake that is why they have put ‘with a zero’ in the box.’

He went on to add: ‘It should be overturned.’



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